Wednesday October 18, 2017
Knox United Church, Parksville. Concert at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
The Zodiac Trio (Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano) enjoys an international concert schedule that consistently spans three continents and is recognized by many to be the foremost clarinet-violin-piano ensembles performing today.
In its relatively short history the ensemble formed in 2006 at Manhattan School of Music before becoming the first
American group and the only ensemble with a wind instrument to enter the esteemed Ysaye Quartet Chamber Music
program at the Paris Superior Conservatory the Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the
international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.
The Zodiac Trio’s extensive touring schedule has brought it to many premiere international venues such as Ottawa
Chamberfest, Festival Radio France Montpellier, International Colmar Festival, Beijing Performing Arts Center, Izumi
Hall in Japan, Lincoln Center in New York; Four Seasons Performing Arts Center in Toronto; to name just a few. Its
performances have been broadcast by France 3 Television, Radio Classique, Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC
Radio and Television, NBC, New York’s WXQR and WNYC, Chicago’s WFMT, Boston’s WGBH’s, Italy’s RAI, 3 Radio
France in Paris, among many other. Boasting a consistently international touring schedule, the Zodiac Trio has
performed throughout Canada, United States, Japan, Europe and most of China’s main cultural metropolises, having
given three extensive tours of the country in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
The ensemble has been critically praised for its “impeccable technique” (Fanfare Magazine), “remarkable musicality of
rare intensity” (La Tribune, France), “seemingly effortless ease” (San Angelo Standard Times), “truly exceptional and
sublime talent,” (NiceMatin, France); and declared by the French newspaper La Marseillaise as “one the best chamber
ensembles of its generation…” In addition to performing, the ensemble is often invited to present masterclasses and
clinics at such institutions as Manhattan School of Music, Amherst College, Tufts University, University of Missouri,
Western Michigan University, Colorado College, Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Western State
College of Colorado, Southeastern University of OK, Lonestar College Montgomery, China Conservatory of Beijing,
and many others. Notably, in 2013, the Zodiac Trio collaborated with esteemed, Grammy-award winning composer
Richard Danielpour on a new work written for and commissioned by the ensemble.
The Zodiac Trio was originally formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of renowned
clarinetist David Krakauer and violinist Isodore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. Shortly after, the Zodiac Trio was first
brought to the attention of the international chamber music scene in a feature by the London-based international
MUSO magazine, praising the Trio for “bringing a rare combination of instruments into the spotlight by unearthing old
repertoire and commissioning new music.” During its early years as apprentice of the Ysaÿe Quartet at the Paris
Conservatory, the trio made its mark on the international competition circuit, garnering multiple prizes in the U.S. and
The Zodiac Trio is founder of the esteemed international Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the South of France that
invites highly advanced students and pre-professionals to spend two weeks performing on the Côte D’Azur and
studying with an internationally renowned faculty, lead by the Zodiac Trio.
The Zodiac Trio is represented world-wide by Latitude 45 Arts (www.latitude45arts.com).